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What Is Mind-Body Training?

MInd-Body training is a collection of methods and practices informed by evidence-based principles that underly mind-body interventions. 

From Wikipedia:–body_interventions

Mind-Body Interventions in Conventional Medicine

All Mind-Body Interventions focus on the interaction between the brainbody, and behavior and are practiced with intention to use the mind to alter physical function and promote overall health and well-being.[3][4]

However, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) does not consider Mind-Body Interventions as within the purview of Complementary and Alternative Medicine when there is sufficient scientific evidence for the benefit of such practices along with their professional application in conventional medicine. One such practice that the NCCIH defines as a Mind-Body Intervention because it utilizes the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms, but for which there is sufficient scientific evidence and mainstream application for it to fall outside the purview of Complementary and Alternative Medicine is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.[5]

Evidence for the Efficacy of Mind-Body Interventions

There are documented benefits of Mind-Body Interventions derived from scientific research firstly into their use in contributing to the treatment a range of conditions including headachescoronary artery disease and chronic pain; secondly in ameliorating disease and the symptoms of chemotherapy-induced nauseavomiting, and localized physical pain in patients with cancer; thirdly in increasing the perceived capacity to cope with significant problems and challenges; and fourthly in improving the reported overall quality-of-life. In addition, there is evidence supporting the brain and central nervous system's influence on the immune system and the capacity for Mind-Body Interventions to enhance immune function outcomes, including defense against and recovery from infection and disease.[21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28]